LAKE CITY – Construction is scheduled to begin on another section of the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail in Union County and will follow the old Norfolk-Southern Railroad corridor which runs adjacent to State Road (SR) 100, according to the Florida DOT.
Construction signs are scheduled to be installed beginning August 15 and heavy underbrush will first be cleared so construction can begin on the four-mile section of the trail that begins in Lake Butler at SR 238 and ends at County Road (CR) 237.
The paved, 12-foot wide trail will have two-foot grass shoulders and two pedestrian bridges. Wooden fences will be installed at steep areas along the shoulder of the trail. Some of the old rail ballast will have to be removed to allow for six inches of lime rock that will be placed to form the base of the paved trail.
A parking area, called a trail head, will be built near the intersection of SR 238 and South First Street in Lake Butler. Motorists will enter and exit from South First Street and will be able to access 17 parking spaces, including two handicapped spaces and one space for an RV. The trail will continue through Lake Butler adjacent to First Street and end at CR 237. During construction, some sidewalks may have to be temporarily closed.
The Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail is an on-going project that when completed, will connect nearly 47 miles of paved trail from near SR 238 in Lake Butler to U.S. 17 in Palatka through Bradford, Clay, Union and Putnam counties.
Construction of another section of the trail is scheduled to begin this summer and will run adjacent to SR 100 in Putnam County from CR 315 to Holloway Road. The trail will be managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Greenways & Trails program.
This section of the trail was designed by GAI Consultants and will be built by J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc., both of Jacksonville. The entire project will cost $1,324,400. Work is expected to be completed by early 2012.
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